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Articles by Melissa Sweet

On the power of storytelling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Marie McInerney reports: “Once upon a time, there was a place where children were loved and safe to grow up as they should, happy, healthy, and free to dream dreams and achieve brilliance….” This is the story Professor Helen Milroy wants us all one day to be able to tell, when we have been able [...]

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From 12 patients to 10,000: building an Indigenous health success story

Marie McInerney reports: Twenty years ago, only 12 Indigenous people attended the Inala Community Health Centre, a primary care service in a south-western Brisbane suburb where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were estimated to make up eight per cent of the local population. Clinical director Associate Professor Noel Hayman commissioned an Indigenous community focus [...]

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Launched: crowdfunding campaign for an app promoting greater accountability in healthcare

Delia Scales, a former nurse whose personal experience of cancer treatment made her acutely aware of health system failings, is on a mission to create greater transparency and accountability in healthcare. Scales, founder of the WikiHospitals news and information site, today launched a crowd-funding campaign to create an app that aims to provide: • An [...]

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New campaign urges doctors to stop seeing drug reps

A new campaign, to be formally launched at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners conference in Adelaide on Saturday, will urge doctors to stop seeing pharmaceutical company reps. The “No Advertising Please” campaign aims to reduce inappropriate and harmful prescription of medications. It asks doctors to take a pledge – already signed by more [...]

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On the “two worlds” of Indigenous knowledge and Western science

Marie McInerney reports: Current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors and medical scientists have been urged to ensure their “two worlds” of Indigenous knowledge and Western science converge across their professional lives, from high level research through to  community health care. Leading public health researcher Professor Sandra Eades – a Nyungar woman from [...]

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Wonky Health asks: will deregulation of higher education be a nightmare for the health sector?

As suggested in the tweet below by AMA vice president Dr Stephen Parnis, there are widespread concerns about how the Federal Government’s proposed deregulation of higher education will affect the health system. Parnis was scheduled to present in Canberra this morning to a Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into the proposed reforms.  Public hearings are [...]

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Three Indigenous doctors share the stories of their journeys into medicine

Marie McInerney reports: One of the much loved traditions at the Australian Indigenous Doctor’s Association conference each year is the presentation to new medical graduates of special stethoscopes – in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. This year, for the first time, they also marked an intergenerational milestone. Australia’s first Indigenous [...]

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If you don’t have time for Twitter, perhaps you should make time to read this…

If you still think you haven’t got time for this tweeting mularky, then Carl Heslop has some news for you, fresh from the Public Health Association of Australia’s recent annual conference in Perth. A nurse based in rural WA who is undertaking a PhD in public health research, Heslop makes a case for the Twittersphere [...]

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Calling for more Indigenous health researchers, and control over research

Marie McInerney reports: The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) has put research high on the agenda at its 2014 conference, calling for full participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in research projects that concern them, particularly when it comes to scientific study and medical research. “At every stage, research with, and about, Aboriginal [...]

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Developing a Global Health MOOC: what does it take?

The advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) brings new opportunities for academics and students. Dr Samantha Battams, Associate Professor and Program Director of Public Health at Torrens University Australia, was involved last year in developing the University of Geneva MOOC, ‘Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview’. The course – which can still be accessed here - was part of [...]

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